"Dan's Garage... It's kind of like an amusement
park, only all the rides are broken!"
"It's not a repair shop, it's a wrecking yard." says Dan Stafford, owner
of Dan's Garage. Dan has always had a soft spot for collectible cars. He has restored and rebuilt
Camaro and Firebird cars for years.
"In the process, I built up a number of parts-cars to help with the restorations," he explained.
"But I found that it was a lot easier selling the parts than the cars."
The 200 plus Project Cars listed on the website represent the tip of the
automotive iceberg as Dans Garage has over 500 parts cars in the wrecking yard (see
Tour the Yard) as well as buildings full
of parts and of course the traditional old 40's era school bus for storing seats and interior
That's the evolution of Dan's Garage, in Kennewick, Washington. Located on 4.5 acres and in the
same location since 1981.
"I outgrew my backyard and had an opportunity to rent an old building and a little
bit of property," he said. "It's almost a vintage building. It was the 1954 Union 76 Gas Station
where I used to air up my bike tires when I was a kid."
Today, it's primarily a two-man operation with Stafford's brother-in-law, Dave
Edwards, working the counter, wife, Kelly, keeping the books, and always a dog or two guarding
the yard. The business specializes in older, collectible, General Motors (muscle) cars from
the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980's.
"There are not a whole lot of similar businesses, maybe a half dozen in the state,"
acknowledged Stafford. "We try to do a good job of helping people find parts to finish their
projects. What a lot of people run into when they search online is that there is very little early
stuff. It's mostly directed at late model salvage. So someone could be looking for two years for
that last piece of the puzzle. They get frustrated. When they find me, they're thrilled."
Since the parts at Dan's Garage are so old, Stafford simply carries warranties that
specify the parts are the correct part. "The business offers local delivery for cars but Dan also
ships cars and parts all over the world. The smaller purchases go by US mail, bigger items by truck
freight or Greyhound bus, and cars by transport truck.
See Dan's New Arrivals for
his latest featured cars and trucks or read a couple of his famous Classic Stories such as
"Washington Orchard Yields Bumper Crop of Classic
Cars." (by Fox News Network, LLC)
German Swing Band Big Nose Bus
Dan the Desert Mountain Man.
Where is Dan's
In the heart of Old Kennewick, across the Columbia River from Big Pasco. It's
tucked a block off of E. Columbia Drive...508 E. Bruneau
Ave... and not too far from the iconic Zip's Drive-In.
I-90 West (to Seattle) almost to Ritzville.
Take exit 220 for US-395
S toward Ritzville/Pasco.
Arriving in Pasco, take the 397/Oregon St
Stay on Oregon St to Ainsworth, turn right.
Left on 10th to cross the Cable Bridge.
Stay on Gum through Columbia Drive intersection.
Right on Bruneau Ave, 1 block to
Follow I-82 E to Richland.
exit 102 merging to I-182 E/US
12E toward Richland/Pasco.
Take exit 5A to merge onto WA-240 E to
Stay on WA-240 to Columbia
Drive/Port of Kennewick.
Turn right on Gum, then Right on Bruneau
East to I-82 over the Columbia River into Washington.
In Washington, stay on 395 North to Kennewick.
Exit onto Columbia Drive just before the Blue bridge.
Follow Columbia Drive along river to Elm street turn right.
Go one block to Bruneau Ave and Dans Garage.
Follow I-84 West
past Pendleton, to I-82 over the Columbia River.
Once in Washington, follow same directions as from Portland (above).